By Mike Peluso
The walleye bite at times is absolutely insane for both numbers and quality fish on Lake Sakakawea this past week, with overall fishing success continuing to be good. Walleyes on most days have been trending deeper in the 16-to-20-foot range, but if wind and water clarity are right fish can still be had up shallow, in depths under 10 feet, but don’t overlook that 20-to-30-foot range either.
The bulk of the fish throughout the lake (east to west) are crushing slow death rigs and propeller rigs baited with a half crawler. Those presentations are pretty tough to beat right now. The water has stabilized some, following recent inflows, so the temperatures are staying in the 70s across the whole lake, making it a wind-oriented water once again. Follow the wind and you will have success.
I have just a couple openings left in August up here. I am however booking the Fall River trips south of Bismarck starting at the end of October. If you are coming in to hunt, or just looking to fish this fall, get ahold of me.
Mike Peluso is a Dakota Edge Outdoors contributing writer and licensed ND fishing guide specializing in walleyes on the state’s premier waters.
Featured Photo: Crawler rigs are tough to beat, and the walleye bite remains strong on Lake Sakakawea. DEO Photo by Mike Peluso.